Titus Kaphar is an artist interested in exploring the relationship among truth, history, and art objects in "The Vesper Project," his latest show at the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum (1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables). The exhibit features remnants of the Connecticut home of a fictitious, biracial 19th-century New England family, who were able to “pass” as Caucasian despite their mixed heritage. The artist tells the story through the character Benjamin Vesper, a mentally troubled man who reaches out to the artist for help in reconstructing his family’s history. One of Kaphar's most ambitious projects to date, the exhibit features period architecture, gilt frames, old wardrobes, photographs, and other objects and is meant to disrupt the viewer's sense of reality — compressing time and eliding personal histories. The project delves into issues of identity to expose the often-pernicious whitewashing that Western institutions employ in the process of curating artifacts, and thus shaping perceptions of established historical facts. "The Vespers Project" is on view this Thursday through December 23. Admission costs $12.50 for adults and $8 for seniors and students; children under 12, museum members, U.S. military personnel, and UM students, faculty, and staff get in free. Call 305-284-3535 or visit lowemuseum.org.
History is not etched in stone. The events of the past are subject to interpretation by the minds of the present, and museums often create and designate historical artifacts and truths. New York City-based